Poly Prep Admissions FAQs

List of 17 items.

  • 1. How and when do I apply to Poly Prep?

    Our application for the 2020-2021 academic year will open on September 3, 2019 and will close on November 25, 2019. Please contact Poly Admissions with any questions.
  • 2. What are the main entry points at Poly Prep? Do you accept applications for all grades?

    While we do accept applications to all grades, our main entry point at the Lower School is our Nursery 3s program.  At our Middle and Upper School campus, our main entry points are Grades 5, 6, and 9.

    We try to guarantee interview slots to applicants who apply to main entry years.
  • 3. Is financial aid available? How do I apply?

    Financial aid is meaningful at Poly Prep and is a cornerstone of our dynamic community. Families applying to Kindergarten - Grade 12 may also apply for financial aid. Additionally, if you are unable to afford the $75 fee for our online application, please contact Ellen Kinnane, Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator.

    Please click here to read much more about financial aid. In a typical year, we are able to offer tuition support to a percentage of families who qualify for aid, though we receive significantly more requests than we are able to fulfill. We use the TADS system for Poly Prep's financial aid application, which is separate from the online application for admission.  Poly Prep's application for financial aid will be due on December 31, 2019.  
  • 4. Can I visit Poly Prep?

    Yes! We welcome families to campus during our many Open House events each fall and spring. Families will create a login to Ravenna in order to register for an Open House.
  • 5. Are there age cut offs for applying to each grade in Poly's Lower School?

    Yes. Please see the chart below.

    Nursery
    Fall 2020
    Pre-K 
    Fall 2020

    Fall 2020
    Grade 1 
    Fall 2020
    Grade 2
    Fall 2020
    Grade 3
    Fall 2020
    Grade 4
    Fall 2020
    Birthday between:9/01/16
    and
    8/31/17
    9/01/15
    and
    8/31/16
    9/01/14
    and
    8/31/15
    9/01/13
    and
    8/31/14
    9/01/12
    and
    8/31/13
    9/01/11
    and
    8/31/12
    9/01/10
    and
    8/31/11
  • 6. Are there age cut offs for applying to grades in Middle School and Upper School?

    The great majority of Poly students entering Grade 5 will be 10 years old by September 1, 2020. Likewise, the great majority of students entering Grade 6 will be 11 years old by September 1, 2020. However, we encourage families to apply to the grade level that they feel will be the best fit. One possible outcome is an offer of admissions that involves repeating a grade, based on the age of the applicant. We are happy to discuss this if you have any questions.
  • 7. What can we expect on our interview day?

    Nursery and PreK: Applicants to Nursery and PreK will meet with a member of the admissions team together with their parents. Age-appropriate toys are available for play in this casual setting.

    Kindergarten - Grade 4: Applicants who are invited to interview will most likely visit for approximately 1 hour on a Saturday and meet with teachers and other students.

    Grade 5 and 6: Students will meet in small groups along with a faculty facilitator. Students will discuss a range of topics based on their experience in school and beyond. Parents will engage in an information session while students are in small groups. The sessions is approximate one hour in lengeth.

    Grade 7 to 12: Students will meet with a faculty member or member of the admissions team for 20-30 minutes at our Dyker Heights campus. We will try to get to know students’ interests and experiences. Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions following the student interview. Families will have the opportunity to take a tour of campus after their meeting if they would like.
  • 8. Will all applicants be interviewed?

    Nursery, 5th, 6th, and 9th Grades: We will interview all families who complete the application on time and self-register in Ravenna for an available interview. We may not be able to reschedule an interview for families who miss an appointment without notifying us in advance.

    Non-Entry Years (Pre-K-4th, 7th-8th, and 10-12th Grades: Interviews for these grades are by invitation. We conduct interviews throughout the fall and into January. Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to interview all who apply to these grades.
  • 9. When should I ask a teacher to complete a teacher recommendation?

    We recommend that you request a teacher recommendation from your child’s teacher around October 15. This will give the teacher enough time to get to know your child, and enough time to write the recommendation before it is due on December 31, 2019.
  • 10. Do you have a sibling and legacy policy?

    We know that choosing a school for your child is an important decision. We are honored when current families and alumni apply to Poly Prep for their children and we enroll many siblings and legacies into the school each year. Legacy and sibling applicants are given special consideration in the admissions process, however, we evaluate all applications according to the same criteria. We make each admissions decision with the best interests of the child in mind. Admission for siblings and legacies is not guaranteed and we encourage applicant families to explore several school options for their children.
  • 11. Do you offer Early Notification?

    We offer an early timeline for sibling applicants to Nursery only. If you are a sibling family applying to Nursery, please be sure to schedule your interview appointment early and let the admissions team know you are applying.  
  • 12. Where do Poly Prep families live?

    Poly students come from all over New York City.

  • 13. Poly Prep is located on two campuses in Brookyln - how do students get to school?

    Poly Prep partners with a private bus company, running 38 routes throughout New York City.  Buses bring children to and from our Lower School campus and our Dyker Heights campus, every morning and every afternoon. The cost of riding the bus is included in tuition. For more information about Poly Prep's free bus service, click here.
  • 14. What are the hours of the regular school day?

    Nursery to Kindergarten: 8:30 AM to 3:05 PM. Early bird drop off is a FREE offering from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM.  After school enrichment courses and after school care options are available everyday until 6:00 PM.

    Grades 1 to 4: 8:30 AM to 3:20 PM. Early bird drop off is a FREE offering from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM.  After school enrichment courses and after school care options are available everyday until 6:00 PM.

    Grades 5 to 12: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Many students remain after school to study, conduct research, work with faculty, and participate in co-curricular activities such as performing arts and athletics.
     
  • 15. When and how do you notify families about admissions decisions? When must accepted applicants respond to offers of admission?

    We will notify families of their admissions decisions via the online application, Ravenna. Poly Prep is a member of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

    ISAAGNY schools agreed on the following notification and reply dates for admission:  
    February 4: Grades 1 to 8 notification day. Parents must reply by February 25 at noon.
    February 27: Nursery and Pre-K notification day. Parents must reply by March 5 at noon.
    February 7: Kindergarten notification day. Parents must reply by February 14 at noon.
    February 13: Grades 9 to 12 notification day. Parents must reply by March 12 at noon.
     
  • 16. Does Poly Prep have a Wait List? What does that mean?

    Yes, Poly Prep does have a waiting pool.

    Each year the number of students in the waiting pool varies as does our ability to accept students from the waiting pool. Students who are placed in the waiting pool may be offered admission within a few weeks or throughout the summer.

    We keep students in our waiting pool until the start of the new academic year. If families choose to remain in the waiting pool, we also encourage them to explore other options for their child in the event that a space at Poly Prep does not become available.
  • 18. Does Poly Prep accept applications from international students?

    Yes, Poly Prep does accept applications from international students. Our Director of Global Initiatives is a helpful resource for international applicants: Shihan Liu.
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Poly Prep adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, religion, religious or spiritual practices, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, handicap, disability, physical body type, weight, marital status, family structure, economic situation, neighborhood of residence, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, sex, creed, genetic predisposition, disease carrier status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
 
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